Ride AWAIC is a motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for domestic violence.

According to AWAIC, about half of women in Anchorage have experienced partner violence, sexual assault, or both.

Sarah Coe, marketing director of Alaska Harley Davidson, Becky More, development director with AWAIC and Tiffany Karling-Hunt, president of the Diamond Girls Motorcycle Club joined Daybreak Monday morning to explain how you can get involved in the event.

"We're trying to raise money and awareness for the AWAIC shelter and the good they do in our community," explained Karling-Hunt. "We're about empowering women to ride and to feel that unique sense of freedom."

Coe teaches women's riding classes and echoed that sentiment:

"I teach women's classes to encourage women to ride and break out of their shell and it's exciting to be able to partner with an all-girls' riding group and support something in the community... because domestic violence is a huge issue that is something that everyone has been impacted by in some way."

The third annual Ride AWAIC takes place on Saturday, May 19. The event starts with registration at 10 a.m. The ride begins at 11 a.m.

The route starts in Muldoon and heads north.

Karling-Hunt describes it as a poker run; at every stop, you get a card and can win prizes. There will be live music, activities and food as well.

More explained that the money raised from the event will go to their core mission of providing safe shelter for victims of domestic violence.

You can find more information at awaic.org and on their Facebook page.

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